We hope you had a lovely, relaxing summer holidays and are as excited as we are to get back to school! We are looking forward to welcoming you all into Year 4!
Please find some information below which we hope you find useful:
Reading – It is expected that your child completes their reading record regularly and gets a parent’s signature. During the first half term the children will be working towards completing at least 3 comments a week in their homework diary. The comments should be based on the book they have read that week. This could be about their school reading book or a book they have read at home. Your child should write the name of the book, the pages they have read and a comment. You may want to base your comments around the following topics:
-Who is your favourite character and why?
-What do you think will happen next?
-Are there any unfamiliar words, what do they mean?
-What type of book is it and how do you know?
-Have you learnt any new facts?
-What was your favourite part and why?
Reading records will be collected every week to monitor these comments.
Spellings – Spellings will be given on a Tuesday and will be tested on the following Tuesday. Your child will be given a pre-test to identify any words which they find tricky. We ask that you aim for an improvement of at least three words each week. We will practise the spellings in class throughout the week but extra time spent on these at home will help you make extra progress.
By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know all of their times tables. To support the children in learning these each week we will focus on a specific times table. Every Friday there will be a times tables test. Please encourage your child to practise their times tables as often as possible: over the breakfast table, on the way to school etc. Near the end of the year the children will be taking part in an online times table test, throughout the year we will be preparing them for this but with the support from home this should hopefully run smoothly. Here are a couple of links to useful websites to support your children in learning their times tables:
Hit the button: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Times table practise tests: https://tt.serveweb.co.uk/new/
PE sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. We recommend you have your PE kit in school every day of the week in case there are last minute timetable changes. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is named.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to the exciting term ahead.
Miss Norton, Mrs Ahmed and Mrs Goddard.
WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS WEEK? – Week Commencing 19th October 2020
This week in English we will be focusing on answering comprehension questions, as well as writing a short story about a picture using lots of description.
Our spellings for the week are although, disappear, early, build, favourite, certain, enough, experience, important and report. We will not be sending spellings home over half term but it would be great if the children could practise the words they have already covered in our spelling tests.
In grammar we will be learning how use verb inflections correctly.
In maths, we will be learning to: subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of subtraction where appropriate and solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why. Every day we do a times table warm up so the children have the chance to practise or learn times tables they may be unsure of.
With regards to the Maths book which was sent home, please could you do at least one page with your children a week. This could be linked with what we will be learning about in class or something your child would like to work on.
As times tables are important, it would be a good idea to go on hit the button to practise answering questions whilst being timed. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button. It is also a good idea to have a go at verbally going through times tables with your child so they become confident in their tables.
Many thanks for your continued support,